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  • NSFAS sent a student R14m, she loses it by going viral

    Update: The university told EWN yesterday that she had the money for five months, while the student and chief executive of IntelliMali told The Star she acquired the funds in June. Original article: It's a common meme among students that they're looking to get hit by a car so they can sue, pay off their loans, and get a good amount of time away from school. But one lucky student in the Eastern Cape didn't even need the pain to get that pleasure. The Walter Sisulu University in the Eastern Cape has confirmed it accidentally sent a student R14-million straight to her debit account -- and only noticed when she...

  • Man documents ‘haunted’ apartment via viral Twitter threads

    Almost a month ago, Twitter user Adam Ellis posted a thread about how the ghost of a young child was trying to kill him in his own apartment. So, my apartment is currently being haunted by the ghost of a dead child and he's trying to kill me. (thread) — ˗ˏˋ ᴀᴅᴀᴍ ᴇʟʟɪs ˊˎ˗‏ (@moby_dickhead) August 7, 2017 The child (known as Dear David) apparently first started appearing in dreams, until he manifested in Ellis' real life. He had a huge misshapen head that was dented on one side. I did my best to draw it: pic.twitter.com/AJizlw7qXe — ˗ˏˋ ᴀᴅᴀᴍ ᴇʟʟɪs ˊˎ˗‏ (@moby_dickhead) August...

  • South Africa’s box office: Atomic Blonde can’t take out Hitman

    South Africans have proven fickle this week as Atomic Blonde failed to open in the top spot despite homegirl Charlize Theron taking the lead. Instead, the nation went out in support of Samuel L Jackson and Ryan Reynolds in The Hitman's Bodyguard, which held on to first place for the second week in a row. But how did the other films fare this weekend? (25 - 27 August) Son of Bigfoot has proven resilient for an animation not produced by a major studio. The film, created by Belgian nWave Pictures, is still in third place in its third week on the chart -- refusing to budge for the likes...

  • Game of Thrones has quadrupled its viewers since season one

    It may feel like Game of Thrones has always been as pervasive as it is today, but the A Song of Ice and Fire adaptation has taken over six years to grow its viewership slowly but surely in the US alone. According HBO, 12.1-million Americans watched the latest season finale live, and an extra 4.4-million tuned in to streaming services like HBO Go. The company has said that each episode was averaging around 30-million viewers across platforms. This number pushes the show past ABC's The Walking Dead, which saw only 11.3-million tune in to its latest season finale. These numbers reflect only a small fraction of those who...

  • Last week in trailers: Black Mirror, Last Flag Flying & more

    Okay, so the heading lies: This isn't the last week in trailers. This is more like the last five days in trailers, because the last was written last week Wednesday. I apologise if you feel misled, but it had to happen for the sake of continuity and I'm not too fussed if I'm honest with you. So here's the last week-ish in trailers. Black Mirror The fourth season of Black Mirror is on its way and we have been gifted with both a trailer and episode titles: "Crocodile", "Arkangel", "Hang the DJ", "USS Callister", "Metalhead", and "Black Museum". All of the episodes were written by Charlie...

  • #VMAs 2017 according to South African Twitter

    The VMAs may have started at a local time of 2am Monday morning, but that didn't stop it from trending nationwide by the time most of the country was waking up. MTV offered what Vox called "an extremely boring show" at the same time as the much-anticipated Game of Thrones finale, yet still managed to crack a trend ahead of the HBO show. So just who were South Africans talking about? Kendrick Lamar Rapper Kendrick Lamar put on a political performance that started with news footage from an incident of police brutality interspersed with Fox News coverage. Lamar has always been vocal about race issues in the US -- last...

  • Humans of New York is getting a Facebook TV series

    Popular Facebook page "Humans of New York" is releasing a 12-episode documentary series to Facebook's recently announced Watch tab. The 30-minute series has been filmed over the last four years and features the candid and sincere interviews for which the page is known. Creator Brandon Stanton told The Hollywood Reporter that he interviewed over 1200 people once it became clear that film was the natural evolution for the project. In the seven years since its creation, the page has garnered over 18-million followers -- two-thirds of which is from outside the United States. Stanton has released two New York Times bestselling books based on...

  • #LookWhatYouMadeMeDo: Taylor Swift divides the web with ‘edgy’ new single

    Taylor Swift has dropped her first single from her upcoming album Reputation, and it has split the web down the middle. Superfans have called "Look What You Made Me Do" "savage" and "grownup", while others have deemed it faux edgy and yet another play of the victim card. I'm so excited 🤗🤗🤗I love your new song @taylorswift13 ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️#LookWhatYouMadeMeDo — Aleksandraaa (@olly811) August 25, 2017 taylor might as well have named her album Yet Another Victim Card #Reputation#TS6IsComing#LookWhatYouMadeMeDo — ya girl (@aeslinn) August 25, 2017 Both the hate and the love work in Swift's favour, though, as she and the song trended in the top two spots...

  • George R.R. Martin doesn’t have time to watch Game of Thrones

    Author of epic fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire George R.R. Martin is not one of the 10-million US viewers who tune in to watch HBO adaptation Game of Thrones each week, he told Metro in an interview. According to Martin, he simply doesn't have the time; the 68-year-old is too busy "touring" and working on Winds of Winter, the next novel in the series. Martin, who wrote two episodes of the show in the early seasons, has since vowed to finish the book before writing (or watching, it seems) another episode of any television series. But not everyone believes his reasons are as diplomatic as he makes...

  • Twitter uses #EFFFacts to both mock and praise party

    The EFF has long been the ruling party of Twitter, marketing itself well to the youth on the platform. One need only look at followers to recognise the popularity: leader Julius Malema has over 1.5-million followers, as opposed to DA leader Mmusi Maimane's 646 000, and President Jacob Zuma's 429 000. It's thus no surprise how often the party trends nationally, but it's not always positive. Thursday morning, #EFFFacts was trending in third place, ostensibly coined to make fun of everything for which the party gets credited. The first tweet seems to have come from user @bslekgoathi1. "Did you know that EFF members are the producers...

  • #Hashtag10: 10 favourite hashtags for 10 years

    Ten years ago today, the hashtag was born. how do you feel about using # (pound) for groups. As in #barcamp ? — ⌗ChrisMessina (@chrismessina) August 23, 2007 Since then, it's been a decade of political movements, silly trends and old people on Twitter not having a clue how to use them. So, in celebration, here's a list of ten of our favourite hashtags that have blessed us over the last ten years. #PopeBars God is the Father,but all yall are my sons, Pray I don't take your girl and make her one of my nuns #PopeBarspic.twitter.com/KyfxjvRhUF — TheNegroStableBuck (@NovaBordelon_) November 30, 2015 #PopeBars began in 2015...

  • South African online auction to sell 264 pieces of rhino horn

    South Africa's first online rhino horn auction is all set to sell 500 kilograms of rhino horn this Wednesday after a Constitutional Court ruling lifted an eight-year moratorium on the trade. Conservation groups have protested the auction, claiming that domestic trade would undermine the enforcement of the global ban on rhino trade. "Any domestic trade in rhino horn undermines enforcement and demand reduction efforts to battle wildlife trafficking in the rest of Africa, China (and) Vietnam," the Humane Society said according to AFP. Auction organiser John Hume says he harvested the horns by tranquilising the rhinos on his farm. He argues that the action...

  • South Africa’s box office: Hitman’s Bodyguard is a hit, man

    Samuel L. Jackson and Ryan Reynolds-led action comedy The Hitman's Bodyguard has jumped to the top of the charts this weekend in a spectacular debut. The film tells of protection agent Michael Bryce who is forced to look after notorious hitman Darius Kincaid, and it proved so popular it ousted Girls Trip from its two-week-long seat at number one. But how did the other films fare this week? (18 to 20 August) It was the battle of the babies in third and fourth as Baby Driver and Son of Bigfoot went head to head for the last spot in the top three -- and it's no surprise Bigfoot won out...

  • Last week in trailers: sex, demons and Donald Trump

    It may be Wednesday, but late is always better than never when it comes to something as important as trailers -- including red band ones for films meant to come out nearly 347 years ago. So here's what Hollywood promoted in the last week and a half. Tulip Fever Tulip Fever has been through the most. Originally meant to star Jude Law and Keira Knightley in 2004, it hit a snag when tax rules were changed in the UK. It got picked up again in 2013 and filming proceeded the following year with an almost entirely new cast and crew. It was meant to...

  • MiniMeme Podcast #6: Is the AI-pocalypse upon us?

    Welcome to MiniMeme, the podcast brought to you by Burn Media’s junior staff as they tackle the topics that tickle their fancy. This week Julia Breakey and Daniel Mpala talk artificial intelligence, its pros and cons, and what Elon Musk wants to do to our brains. Will robots effectively become slaves? Will they see us their God? Will they want to kill us? Mark Zuckerberg says no, Musk says yes, and we say: Let us know if you agree, disagree, or want to punch us in the face here or over on Twitter. Music by BenSound. Recommended reading: AI Open Letter -- Future of Life Institute Through Neuralink,...